Meribel is 190kms east of Lyon and 145kms south of Geneva in the Savoie region of France, and its remoteness from major airports may make transfers time consuming. The best travel option for many is to travel by rail to Moutiers and bus from there, while the quickest option is to fly to Chambery and transfer by helicopter. Self-drive can be a difficult option, depending on weather.
Chambery Airport is the closest and you can transfer by bus, train and bus, or a quick helicopter flight. Lyon-Satolas and Geneva-Cointrin are the alternative airports, with transfers usually by train to Moutiers, and bus or taxi to Meribel from there.
Adverse weather conditions on the mountain roads from Lyon and Geneva to Meribel can make self-drive difficult. However, if you’re keen on driving, the quickest and most efficient route from Calais goes via Reims, Dijon, Lyon and Chambery. From Chambery, carry on along the A-430 and N-90 to Moutiers, from where the D-90 goes to Meribel (950kms; 9 to 12 hours).
There is a direct London-Moutiers Eurostar train service in the winter ski season; from Moutiers, you can transfer by bus or taxi to the resort. This is possibly the most comfortable and efficient way to get to Meribel. A regular Eurostar service also goes to Paris, from where high-speed TGV and standard trains go to Moutiers.